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Top 10 Countries with the Largest Gold Reserves (in tons)

  1. United States — 8,133
  2. Germany — 3,359
  3. Italy — 2,452
  4. France — 2,436
  5. Russia — 2,299
  6. China — 1,948
  7. Switzerland — 1,040
  8. Japan — 846
  9. India — 754
  10. Netherlands — 612

The United States has the largest gold reserves in the world at 8,133 tons, more than Germany and Italy combined. The U.S also has the highest gold allocation as a percentage of its foreign reserves at approximately 76%. The majority of U.S. gold is held in Fort Knox in Kentucky. Many central banks turned from being net sellers to net buyers in 2010. Russia has been the largest purchaser of gold for the last seven years, purchasing 274 tons in 2018 alone.

Gold reserves explained

A gold reserve is the gold held by a nation’s central bank to support the value of its national currency and, during the gold standard era, was used as a guarantee to redeem promises to pay depositors, noteholders, and trading peers. Additionally, reserves were amassed by governments to meet the costs of waging war and to acquire and hold “treasure,” because the policies of the time emphasized the importance of doing so.

Gold reserves are a helpful tool for governments, which can purchase large amounts of gold to counteract rising inflation. Additionally, the value of imports and exports from a country is highly connected to the country’s currency. If imports exceed exports, the value of the currency declines, and vice versa. This means that a country that exports gold and has a surplus of gold reserves can often see an increase in the strength of its currency. On the other hand, gold can also reduce the value of the currency used to buy it. If many transactions are made in gold, it can devalue the local currency and cause inflation.

By Radiopatriot

Former Talk Radio Host, TV reporter/anchor, Aerospace Public Relations Mgr, Newspaper Columnist, Political Activist * Telegram/Radiopatriot * Telegram/Andrea Shea King Gettr/radiopatriot * TRUTHsocial/Radiopatriot

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